During the Easter Holidays our Junior Development Squad attended an Under-16 RFU Academy Residential camp, sponsored by BMW, at Wellington College.
Here is a blog from Under-16 player Noah Elberg.
When I was told I had been selected as part of the Wellington festival squad, I was really excited and was really looking forward to having the experience of going away on tour with the JDS and representing Yorkshire Carnegie. As the days approached closer and closer to the tour I began to feel much more nervous. As I am a new member of the squad, having joined in March following the ERDPP Festival at Pontefract RUFC, I didn't have the same close friendship with my team mates as some of the other players. I was hopeful that the squad would turn out to be a good bunch of lads, but you never know! As it turned out, there was nothing to worry about. The team building activities that the social committee organised were a lot of fun and really enabled me to get to know the team, have a laugh and develop trust with them all.
We had some great success on the Monday beating a very good Saracens side in a tough match as well as getting a win against Bristol. We then played Exeter on a slippery and muddy pitch and unfortunately lost. On the final day we drew a very strong Bath team. They came at us very fast from the kick off, and we let in a couple of well worked tries, which meant we were chasing the game for most of the match. It was good to see that we kept our belief, dug in and didn't give up. Although we didn't win we ended strongly with a respectable performance.
The whole week was very well planned out and set up and the facilities at Wellington are superb. The food was very good and I learnt a lot about managing what I should eat. I also learnt about the importance of rest, and managing my time on my feet between training sessions and matches in order to be in the best condition possible for the matches. I was seriously impressed by the standard of Rugby at the festival. Being there highlighted to me how many talented players there are from different parts of England. This experience has made me even more motivated and determined to push even harder to compete with these players to be the best Rugby player and team mate I can be. Thanks to Carnegie for the opportunity, it was a great experience that I’ll never forget.